Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4426

Incident date

December 11, 2021

Location

الجديدة أو اليعقوبية, Al Jadida or Al Yaqoubia, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and three civilians, including a child, were killed and 12 to 15 others, including up to nine children and four women, were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the town of Al Jadida or Al Yaqoubia on December 11, 2021.

According to Syrian Civil Defense, three people, including a child, were killed and 13 others, nine children and four women, were injured in Russian airstrikes near the town of Al-Jadida.

Shahba Press reported the location as being the town of Al-Yaqoubia and quoted a local source who said that the two Russian raids resulted in the death of three people and the wounding of 12 others, including women and children. Step News added that the injuries were of various degrees of severity.

Fact News and @thiqanewsagency provided a lower death toll of one civilian killed while Ugarit Post put the number of injured people at “about 15”.

Syrian Network for Human Rights identified two of the victims of the strikes as a man from Kafrta village in Jabal al Akrad in the suburbs of Latakia, named as Mustafa Ali Khadrou, and his child son Muhammad. Both were killed in the attack on Al-Jadida.

Activists told Shaam News that “Russian air strikes targeted the house of the leader “Abu Muslim al-Shishani” known as “Abu Muslim the Chechen”, the leader of the “Jund Allah” faction, in addition to an immigrant of Turkish nationality, and the homes of Syrian civilians residing in the area, displaced from Latakia countryside to the outskirts of the village of al-Jadida” Shaam also provided the toll that the bombing led to the death of three civilians, including a child, and wounding 13 civilians, 9 children and 4 women.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights pointed out that “Abu Muslim al-Shishani” was not killed in the attack. A tweet from @thawraa_syr mentioned that sons of Abu Muslim and his wife were injured.

Fact News reported that there was significant material damage caused by the airstrikes and Zaman Al Wasl referred to “widespread destruction”, especially since the town included a large number of displaced people.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Russia. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identified three thermobaric rockets as being used in the attack by Russian jets while Fact News referred to vacuum missiles. Zaman Al Wasl specified that the plane responsible for the airstrikes was a Russian Sukhoi-35 warplane.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (39) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets with one of the children injured in alleged Russian airstrikes near the town of Al-Jadida on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets with the body of one of the victims killed in alleged Russian airstrikes near the town of Al-Jadida on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets with the body of one of the victims killed in alleged Russian airstrikes near the town of Al-Jadida on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • White Helmets with the body of one of the victims killed in alleged Russian airstrikes near the town of Al-Jadida on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • The first moments of our teams’ response to the Russian air strikes, today, Saturday, 11 December, which targeted the vicinity of the town of Al-Jadida in the western countryside of Idlib, killing 3 people, including a child, and wounding 13 others (9 children and 4 women).
  • The moment the Russian planes bombed the vicinity of the town of Al-Yaqoubia with missiles on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • The Russian plane that bombed the vicinity of the town of Al-Yaqoubia with missiles on December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Edlib Media Center)
  • Mustafa Ali Khadrou, and his child son Muhammad, killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al-Jadida won December 11, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Network for Human Rights)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Other

Sources (39) [ collapse]